Fondling suspect wrongly accused, stays in jail for separate crime

Fondling suspect wrongly accused, stays in jail for separate crime
Police said this man is responsible for forcibly fondling a woman. (Source: MPD)
Police said this man is responsible for forcibly fondling a woman. (Source: MPD)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is in jail, but not for the crime he was booked for.

Darion McDowell, 27, was originally accused of forcible fondling after a woman said she had been attacked at Fenwick Street and Garden Lane.

The victim told police she was jogging when she passed a man who walked passed her in the opposite direction. Shortly after, she realized the man was following her.

According to police, the victim said she screamed at the man to stop and go away, but he grabbed her and left the scene towards Central Avenue.

Investigators said Darion McDowell, who was already a person of interest in two other unrelated cases, was arrested and taken into custody in Arlington, Tennessee. Officers later determined that McDowell was not responsible for the incident.

However, McDowell remains in jail due to other incidents.

On June 23, police said McDowell was caught fondling himself inside a business in the 4500 block of Poplar Avenue. He is charged with indecent exposure and residential and work restrictions in connection with the incident.

On June 24, police said they received a complaint of a man exposing himself in the 2900 block of Poplar Avenue.  Investigators said it was determined that McDowell was on the property which is within 1,000 feet of a public park or child care facility, but they are still investigating. As of now, McDowell is charged with residential and work restrictions in connection to the incident.

The suspect in the fondling case is still on the loose. He was captured on surveillance video shortly after the attack.. He is described as black, 20-35, 6'1", medium build, medium complexion, very short or balding hair, and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and carrying a red t-shirt.

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